Jamtology! Grateful Dead v Phish tourney results

July 18, 2020 by

A classic album shakedown! With the 50th anniversary of The Grateful Dead’s Workingman’s Dead upon us, we thought it would be fun to see how that classic stacked up against something from the second greatest jam band of all time – Phish. I recruited local Phisherman Michael Turner as guest chooser to select the most […]

James Brown and the Birth of Funk

July 17, 2020 by

Come here, sister Papa’s in the swing He ain’t too hip ‘Bout that new breed thing He ain’t no drag — Papa’s got a brand new bag Funk music (arguably) began on this day, July 17, in 1965 when James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag (Part 1)” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100. […]

Daniel Dufour – Standards

July 17, 2020 by

by Leo Cahalan (Leo is a jazz head, an audiophile and a vinyl maven. If it’s on Blue Note, he probably has a copy.) “You need to take risks, you never know if the end results will be beautiful or strange, you need to be instantaneous, listening to every moment, without missing a scrap of […]

The Church of Jazz – an interview with author Vaughn Booker

July 16, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with Vaughn A. Booker, assistant professor in the Department of Religion, including the Program in African and African American Studies, at Dartmouth College about his new book Lift Every Voice and Swing: Black Musicians and Religious Culture in the Jazz Century. The book discusses how jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington […]

Author Maria Sherman Wrote the Book on Boy Bands

July 14, 2020 by

In this 360°Sound exclusive, author Maria Sherman discusses her new book Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS. The 28-year-old Brooklyn resident has written extensively about music and popular culture for many publications, including Rolling Stone, SPIN, Billboard and Entertainment Weekly. Sherman is currently a senior staff writer for the […]

Consider This – REM’s Out of Time

July 13, 2020 by

I recently had occasion to interact with REM bassist Mike Mills on social media about his old band’s classic album and commercial breakthrough, Out of Time. I had @ed Mike as part of my reply to a tweet, in order to compliment him on his lead-vocal turn on “Texarkana,” one of my favorite tracks on […]

Phil Ochs: Rare and Unreleased Recordings

July 7, 2020 by

by Kevin Frick (Kevin is a collector’s collector. He has always been the hippest with the music & clothes.) When the latest release from the Phil Ochs archive dropped at the end of May, it couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. The United States is currently experiencing its greatest moment of unrest since […]

A Toast to Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King

July 1, 2020 by

Happy Birthday, Evelyn “Champagne” King! The R&B singer/songwriter/producer turns 60 today. Despite placing 14 singles in the R&B Top 20 in the 70s and 80s, I feel like King is under-appreciated. To many, I think she’s an “I know the song but not the artist” type. For those who aren’t familiar with Ms. King and […]

Reggae Spotlight: Jimi Watusi interview

June 30, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with Jimi Watusi, vocalist, keyboardist, percussionist, producer and songwriter of the long-running Texas-based reggae and world beat group Watusi. Jimi recently returned to his home in Rockwall, near Dallas, from his annual stay in Costa Rica. Every winter for the past six years he’s gone to the west coast of Costa Rica to […]

Rocktology! Paranoid v Master of Puppets Tourney Results

June 27, 2020 by

Black Sabbath’s Paranoid is one of the best hard rock albums of the 70s. Metallica’s Master of Puppets is one of the best hard rock albums of the 80s. So let there be… Monsters of Rocktology! These two great albums went toe-to-toe in our bracket tourney. And led by the lead track, “War Pigs,” Paranoid edged […]